What Is The Word (aka ‘Blog’) – January 15, 2014 Edition

Well, let’s see if I can get you up to date on what has been happening here at Heartbreak A Stranger HQ :

  • I’ve been recording some new songs in preparation for a 10 song album. So far, I have 4 songs that are about 80% done (You can hear some of the songs. Just click on the ‘songs’ category). Once again, I’m working with Jason Mingo. We have a usual routine : I come in with words and music, we bash around some ideas, record them and BLAM!, done. It usually takes 6-7 hours to complete this part of the recording process. There is more to be done after this (drum tracks still have to be recorded). It is more rock orientated sound.
  • I’ve met with local film maker Andrew Fleming. We tossed around some ideas for some more short films to be made in the future. I’m looking forward to working with Andrew again. It’s nice to flex a visual part of my brain. I have ideas but I need help to have the ideas come to life. My ideas are only as good as they are practical. Meetings with Andrew are pretty simple : I give Andrew some general ideas about what I would like to do, Andrew gives me some feedback/adds some ideas and BLAM!, pretty much ready to go. The Short film pieces will be shot over the next 12 months. I’m looking forward to this.
  • I’ve decided to host a tribute show to Lou Reed. March 1, 4pm at The Company House in Halifax. I’m approached another musician to play a David Bowie set. Makes sense. A tribute show to artists whose music has been intertwined. I’ll have more on this show soon.

Well, that’s it for now. That is the latest and greatest news. Onward and upward.


Trenton Project Crowdfunding Campaign

The Trenton Project Indiegogo campaign is underway. You can find the campaign here. There is a short film from Andrew Fleming (his website) to accompany the campaign. Watch the film, have a look at the perks, tell your friends, share on your social media feeds. The campaign will run for 30 days. I hope you can be a part of it.

I’ve added a page to this site called Trenton Project Crowdfunding Perks which will show you all the artwork associated with the campaign.


I’d like to thank all the artists, musicians, friends who have helped me get this far with the project. No one makes it on their own without help. I am very fortunate. Thank you.



What Is The Word (aka Blog) Update – September 16, 2012

Well, what has been going on at Heartbreak A Stranger? A lot. Let me fill you in…..


I have been prepping the crowdfunding campaign, which is going to be launched in early October. I’ve decided to use the crowdfunding site Indiegogo. They will host the campaign. I’ve been working on some of the rewards you will receive for giving money on the campaign. Here’s a sample :


Trenton EP Poster

Trenton EP 11×17 Poster


There are other rewards but you’ll have to wait until October to see the entire list of perks.

There is also a video to be uploaded to the crowdfunding site. IT was filmed by local filmmaker Andrew Fleming. We made a road trip to Trenton and shot some footage. I have not seen the footage yet.

I have been making some headway in the recording studio. In the past week I have been in the studio with local musician Julia Feltham recording some cello parts.


Julia Feltham in the studio



I’ve also been recording drum tracks with singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Kev Corbett. Drum tracks were laid down at Codapop Studios in Halifax. Really enjoyed working at Codapop. Here’s a taste of Kevin laying down drums :




I can see the finish line in the recording process. One instrument left to record, then it is on to mixing and CD duplication.


I am also a volunteer at the Music And Image portion of the Atlantic Film Festival. I was looking after some social media duties for the music and image part of the festival. Attend shows and use social media. I was born to play this role. I have been attending some local shows and it has been a lot of fun.


Feels good to be motivated and getting tasks accomplished.